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UNP to move amendment to govt.’s parliament resolution: *Participation in debate would depend on acceptance of amendment

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UNHRC ­war crimes probe:UNP agreed with the government’s position that the security forces had not committed any war crimes-Ravi

Ravi_Press_Briefing_Out_side" Colombo District UNP leader, Ravi Karunanayake MP said that the UNP agreed with the government’s position that the security forces had not committed any war crimes."So what is there to hide behind a resolution calling on the UNHRC not to conduct an inquiry," he queried. When motions trying to stall the investigation process are adopted, the world would think that there was something to hide, he said, adding "Unless, of course, the decision makers are seeking cover for actions.

Our job is to protect the security forces, sovereignty and integrity of the nation and not to cover up for politicians whose actions have resulted in Sri Lanka being crucified and humiliated internationally."

Also UNP said yesterday that its participation in next week’s debate on a resolution to be moved by the government seeking parliamentary approval to call on the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) not to proceed with a war crimes probe against the Sri Lankan military would depend on the acceptance of an amendment it was planning to move. Chief Opposition Whip John Ameratunga told The Island that the UNP’s involvement in the debate on the government’s motion would depend on its amendment being entertained.

Asked what the amendment would be, he replied that the exact wording of it would be decided on by the UNP parliamentary group which would be meeting on Tuesday morning. Some tough questions including the failure of the Rajapaksa government to consult the legislature before and after the UNHRC adopted the resolution against Sri Lanka in March this year would be raised, informed sources said. "They are trying to shift the blame for their lack of foresight and diplomatic skills on to the legislature.